Staff Autobiographies

Hannah Sol Rhea
Co-Founder, Girls Mentoring Program Co-Director & Instructor.

I began collecting & cultivating these skills when I was sixteen. My garden first showed me the world of wild edibles and medicinals, and I followed those plants out of my garden into the world of ancestral skills and the wild ways of the earth. I’ve studied and worked at various primitive skills school such as Hawk Circle, Flying Deer and Maine Primitive Skills School, teaching both adult and youth programs. I’ve traveled nomadically, sometimes with pack animals, gathering skills in other countries as well attending numerous workshops with knowledgeable instructors here in the United States. I am an experienced hide tanner, crazy about wild fiber arts, have a strong passion for crafting with raw materials from the earth and love the feeling of processing animals into many beautiful and useful artifacts. I deeply believe in the earths healing ways, and strive to unite the inner and out world in the programs I offer and how I live my life. I am committed to continually developing an intimate connection with the earth and to fully step into my role as caretaker of her.

Colby Smith
Co-Founder & Instructor.

Living close to the earth, feeling her power and healing abilities has been important to me my whole life. I started exploring these skills in high school and have studied at various primitive skills schools and nature education centers such as Tom Brown Jr.’s Tracker School, BearTracks, and Maine Primitive Skills School. I’ve taught for various programs for both children and adults at schools throughout New England. My strongest skills lie in the art of being sheltered, hide tanning, permaculture, and animal/plant processing. I’ve tested and honed my skills during extensive backpacking, sailing, and survival living adventures all over the world. In 2013 I completed my bachelors of science in adventure therapy at Unity College.

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Kara Tyson
Girls Mentoring Program Co-Director & Instructor.

I grew up in the Central Asian countries of Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Azerbaijan. There I experienced cultures that were steeped in tradition, especially with regard to folk arts and storytelling, and in which magic was a mainstay of everyday life. When I moved to the United States, I attended college at Virginia Commonwealth University. I majored in History, and focused on that of the indigenous peoples of the Americas. I minored in Religious Studies and Russian. After university, I came to Maine for a river guiding job. I fell in love with Maine and paddling. I have been guiding wilderness therapy and recreational canoe and backpacking expeditions in Maine, Alaska, and Minnesota for five years now. I lived and studied with my mentor Ray Reitze for three years. He helped me to refine my skills as a trip leader, taught me basket weaving, plant identification, and other earth living skills. I apprenticed and instructed at The Maine Primitive Skills School. I am passionate about restoring Maine’s wild rice, paddling, fiber arts, and discovering the real behind the apparent. I daydream about goat-packing, and woodland creatures.

~ Wilderness First Responder ~
~ CPR certified 

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